NEW ORLEANS – Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) and sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) of the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team garnered NCAA Division II All-East Region recognition, as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the All-Region honorees for the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season.
The All-Region teams are comprised of the top-five individuals in each event, in addition to each member of the top-three relay teams, from each region.
Elder was the top discus performer in the east region this season and was also chosen as an All-Region performer in the shot put after an outstanding campaign for the Penmen. She turned in the top discus throw in the NCAA Division II East Region with a 44.23-meter (145 feet, one inch) performance at the 2018 Penn Relays, which was good enough for No. 11 overall in the event. Elder captured five discus titles in seven meets this season, including the 2018 Northeast-10 Conference Championship on May 5. In addition to her All-Region performance in the discus, Elder slotted in second in the shot put with a throw of 14.30 meters (46 feet, 11 inches) at the NE10 Championships. She took home the shot put crown at the New England Outdoor Championships on May 12 after a heave of 14.12 meters (46 feet, four inches), and finished either first or second in the event in six of eight outings. In total, Elder won nine individual events this spring, finished in the top-two on 12 occasions and was top-10 in her respective events 14 times.
Murphy took home All-Region accolades in the triple jump for the second consecutive season after finishing in the top-five in six of the seven meets in which she competed in. Her top performance came at Southern New Hampshire's inaugural home meet, the Penmen Relays, on April 14 when she propelled herself a distance of 11.53 meters (37 feet, 10 inches) to capture the event. In addition to her win at the Penmen Relays, Murphy also took top triple jump honors at both the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational and the George Davis Invitational, and was third at the NE10 Championships after finishing fifth at the Stonehill Skyhawk Invite.
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